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Ready Set Future: A PLACE (People, Location, Acceleration, Creativity, Enablers) Blueprint for Durham

Our 30-year vision: Durham’s distinct cultural identity—and its vibrant and diverse downtowns—will be magnets for talent and investment, and the region’s innovation community will be known for solving global challenges. Ready Set Future is the new Economic Development and Tourism (Invest Durham) strategic plan developed collaboratively with partners from the academic, business, arts and creative, and public sectors, local area municipalities and innovation community.

With the guidance of a steering committee, economic data and global drivers of change were analyzed and aspirations were developed to frame a long-term vision for the future—a talented workforce, vibrant downtowns, a reputation for business innovation and a distinct creative identity. A Five-Year Action Plan, found in the second half of the strategy, is the road map for the next five years. These actions will guide Durham Region confidently down the path to begin realizing these 30-year aspirations.

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Growth Mode: Agile Manufacturing


Dexterity is built into the culture of Agile Manufacturing Inc. In 2021, the 3D printing additive manufacturing company expanded into Beaverton—as a result of growth—after 20 years of flexing its business muscles in Uxbridge. The company has thrived in its new north Durham location and Agile is now the third-largest additive manufacturing company in North America.

Learn more about this thriving business that chose to grow and innovate in Durham Region

Events and Partnerships

Whitby Chamber of Commerce Connect Women: Modernize with Marcom conference – March 2

Business leaders understand that marketing has to modernize to drive their objectives, but they’re sometimes unsure of what that means. Too often, a handful of initiatives or capabilities are focused on and the promised value doesn't always appear.

For this reason, the conference this year will bring talent from various marketing communications areas to give leaders the opportunity to pause and reflect on how to modernize their approach to marketing, and how these elements work together to build  business objectives, including your brand.

Register for this event

Durham Region women in business invited to participate in International Women’s Day celebration on March 7

Durham Region women in business are invited to attend, and/or participate as an exhibitor, at the Durham Region International Women's Day Celebration on March 7, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex in Pickering. Participation is free.

The celebration includes keynote speaker, Paulette Senior, CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, a panel discussion with empowered, inspirational women, a women in business trade show and networking lunch. Learn more about the Regional International Women’s Day celebration. For more information email [email protected].

Attention job seekers! Attend the Advancing Innovation, Diversity and Equity in Employment Career Fair

Are you looking for a career and seeking equitable and fair employment? The Advancing Innovation, Diversity and Equity Employment Career Fair is a great opportunity for job seekers from diverse, equity-deserving groups to connect with potential employers.  

On March 23, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., network with employers from Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area who support inclusive and equitable workplaces. The career fair is being held at the Audley Recreation Centre in Ajax. Registration is optional but encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, including how to register and a list of participating employers and free workshops, visit the career fair Eventbrite page.

Save the date: Thursday, May 25 for the 2023 Regional Chair Luncheon with the Joint Durham Region Chambers of Commerce

The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, Clarington Board of Trade, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and Whitby Chamber of Commerce invite you to hear an update from Durham Regional Chair and CEO, John Henry, on upcoming priorities and initiatives.

Learn more and register for this event

Durham Region Business Showcase

The Region of Durham, in collaboration with local area municipalities, is calling on businesses interested in working with the municipal sector to showcase their products or services at this year’s virtual Business Showcase on March 27, 28 and 30. Upon registration, businesses will be grouped into one of the following key product or service themes. Each theme supports Regional and municipal programs and service areas to provide innovative solutions for:

  • General Business Services.
  • Transportation (Transit and Roads).
  • Information Technology and Smart Cities.
  • Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Management.
  • Health and Social Services.
  • Operations (Facilities and Emergency Services).

Learn more and register for the event

Film submissions are now open for the Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF)

DRIFF brings the film festival experience to diverse audiences in Durham Region and beyond; nurturing community connections, providing learning opportunities about filmmaking and promoting the development of local talent through a shared love of film.

It’s time to get your film ready for DRIFF and submit it through Film Freeway! The Early Bird deadline is April 3. Find submission rules and details at

Learn more about DRIFF and become a DRIFF insider to stay up-to-date on special offers, festival news and events. 

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Recent Business News

Darlington Nuclear now capable of producing life-saving medical isotopes

Life-saving Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) isotopes can now be produced at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, thanks to the installation and initial commissioning of an innovative isotope system by Laurentis Energy Partners and BWXT Medical Ltd. (NYSE: BWXT). The production of Mo-99 at Darlington will be a world-first for a commercial power reactor.

Learn more about this exciting discovery.



Durham Region’s college and universities earn top marks in research and innovation

The City of Oshawa is proud to congratulate its post-secondary partners Durham College, Ontario Tech University and Trent University Durham GTA for being ranked among Canada’s top research universities and colleges in 2022.

Read how Durham’s universities and colleges compare to others across Canada.


The Hustle Over Everything podcast

This podcast speaks to individuals who are entrepreneurs, artists, creatives and builders. Hosts Owen and Alex discuss their guest’s entrepreneurial path to success. On a recent episode, Ashley Santacona of Dream Room Studio in Durham Region, talks about her journey from child acting to building a studio, and the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, tips for creatives, how they made their cyclorama wall (a curved wall used as a photo or video background to suggest unlimited space) and more.

Listen to success stories on the podcast.


Durham Region Transit (DRT) is growing ridership by delivering efficient and effective mobility solutions

The Region of Durham and DRT are launching a challenge to innovators and businesses under the theme of Connected and Smart Mobility. They’re looking for the business community to provide a detection and communication system for transit stops that enables DRT to understand passenger behaviour and improve overall customer experience.

Learn more about the Regional Technology Development Site challenge.

Invest Durham Weekly Careers Round-Up!

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Durham Economic Task Force COVID Response
The Durham Economic Task Force is here to help Durham Region businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis. For information on funding opportunities and government and business support, visit Invest Durham COVID Response

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